Welcome to Year 5 and 6
In Years 5 and 6 we aim to prepare children for the transition from Primary Education to Secondary. The children receive a broad and creative curriculum with a focus on basic skills firmly embedded throughout.
Miss Scott, Mrs Gray and Mr Parker form the Year 5/6 teaching team. Children are provided with additional English and Maths sessions with interventions wherever needed. This flexibility helps prepare Year 6 children for our end of Key Stage assessments in May each year. In the Spring Term we host a SATs meeting to ensure that parents are aware of the expectations and support that they can give their child at this time.
In school we promote Growth Mindset, encouraging children to take on challenges and take risks with their learning. This is vital for individual growth and personal achievement in all areas of life. Children are able to identify when things may get tough and work out strategies to help them overcome difficulties.
Children in Year 6 are encouraged to participate in the five-day residential visit to Howtown. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children experiencing activities out of the ordinary; such as canoeing in the dead of night! Year 5 children are encouraged to visit Grinton Lodge in Swaledale (North Yorkshire) for a four day residential visit.
School trips and events take place regularly throughout the year to both enhance learning opportunities for children and to enjoy together with their families.
Our curriculum is exciting and engaging for all pupils with a central theme running through all work covered.
Journey into the past in Medieval times and meet the dreaded Pestilence, duel with gallant knights and avoid plague ridden pests!
Discover the magical world of alchemy at Alchemy Island. Venture towards the majestic Dragon Vine Towers in your quest for riches, perform musical compositions and experiment with alchemy.
Build your own time travel machine and explore the generations which have come before you.
Navigate through space, the final frontier. Beyond the Sun: the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System! Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Roll up! Roll up! Design a theme park and learn the science behind roller coasters.
How did it feel to work in a coal mine? How has the coal mining industry changed over the years and does it have a future? How has life in Brandon changed over the years?
Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts. Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear? Why not become a ‘beast creator’?
Choose from the homework menu and work together with your child creatively to support their studies in school. Times Tables Rockstars and Reading Plus are also available to support learning at home. Children are expected to read and be supported with their reading at least three times per week. Personal Organisers must be in school every day.
Children should have P.E kit (both indoor and outdoor) in school every day. P.E lessons will be on a Thursday.
Mrs Gray – Tuesday 8:45 am
Mr Parker – Monday 8:45 am
Please ensure your child has full swimming kit.
Topic Autumn Term 1: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Lock your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded ‘Great Pestilence’ is here. At the start of this half term, we’ll meet a strange character and use a range of source materials to research the symptoms of the Black Death. Our geography skills will help us understand how the black death came to Britain and why it spread so quickly. We’ll investigate the effects of bacteria on the human body and find out about disgusting and dangerous plague ‘cures’. Our writing will record the horror of the Black Death and we’ll write poetry inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer. We’ll learn about the ‘dance of death ’in music. Study different social classes, understand the reasons for the Peasants’ Revolt and learn what it was like to be a knight. At the end of the project we’ll find out about the Black Death through history and make a timeline of outbreaks around the world. A medieval tournament will also be held to showcase our knowledge of medieval knights and demonstrate our jousting skills.
How you can support your child.
This half term, we’ll travel back to the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain. Why not visit your local library or museum to see if the 14th-century plague affected your area? Look around your house with to see how many products there are that are made to tackle germs. Would they have helped to prevent the spread of the plague? Alternatively, read a book together that is set during a plague. How were the characters’ lives affected by the deadly disease?